I proudly announce that Kaplan Scientific started to support customers in the Benelux as a sales consultancy office for the Raman Microscope products of Horiba Scientific. 

Horiba Scientific

HORIBA Scientific is the world leader in Raman spectroscopy, with a long history in the technique. HORIBA Scientific has pioneered systems for Raman spectroscopy, designing and manufacturing them for over four decades.

Horiba provides complete Raman spectroscopy solutions for analytical measurements, research Raman, UV Raman, QA/QC and industrial Raman applications.  These include Raman microscopes, hybrid Raman systems  (such as Raman-AFM), modular Raman systems and many more that are used in universities, research laboratories, and production lines across the world in various fields including characterization of graphene/CNT materials, pharmaceutics, forensics, geology, materials and life science.

HORIBA Scientific’s fully automated Raman microscopes provide automated high definition Raman chemical images and allow fast, non-destructive chemical analysis of solids, powders, liquids, and gases.




Raman imaging has never been so fast!

Incorporating unique and powerful functions in a reliable, high performance system, ideally suited to the research and analytical lab, the XploRA PLUS is the best multi-sample, multi-user Raman microscope ever.

It is fully confocal, not compromising image quality, spatial or depth resolution. The SWIFT Fast Raman images are the fastest fully confocal Raman images available, typically 10x faster than conventional Raman imaging.

The simplicity and power of the XploRA PLUS is unmatched with an enhanced range of options such as multiple laser wavelengths, EMCCD detection, Raman polarization and even Raman-AFM combination.


XploRA™ PLUS incorporates unique and powerful research functions in an impressively compact analytical bench footprint.


LabRam HR Evolution

The LabRAM HR Evolution is ideally suited to both micro and macro measurements, and offers advanced confocal imaging capabilities in 2D and 3D. The true confocal microscope enables the most detailed images and analysis to be obtained with speed and confidence. Dual Path Optics offers fast, simple switching between UV and VIS/NIR regions. No adjustment or alignment is required.

With guaranteed high performance and intuitive simplicity, the LabRAM HR Evolution is the ultimate instrument for Raman spectroscopy.  They are widely used for standard Raman analysis, photoluminescence (PL), tip enhanced Raman scattering (TERS) and other hybrid methods.

Ultra-fast confocal imaging

The LabRAM HR Evolution includes the unique SWIFT™ and DuoScan™ fast Raman imaging technologies.

DuoScan™ is a confocal imaging mode, with high precision, ultra-fast rastering mirrors creating variable sized laser macro-spots, and also allowing nano-step mapping from deep UV to NIR.

SWIFT™ offers confocal Raman mapping with CCD integration times down to 1 ms per point and below.

Other features and options:

  • Cover your sample from UV to NIR (200nm to 2100nm)
  • Ultra-Low Frequency Module (down to 5cm-1)
  • Automated particle location and chemical ID
  • CaptuR laser trapping, a unique and integrated laser trapping solution ideal for fine particle control during microscopic analysis.
  • Transmission Raman for bulk analysis of opaque/turbid materials
  • SuperHead probes enable in-situ monitoring of reactions or remote analysis.


Application Highlights

Fluid Inclusions

Confocal volume imaging of mineral sections allow the three dimensional liquid and gas inclusions to be characterized.  In this example, the aqueous and gas phases of carbon dioxide are trapped in the quartz matrix.



Pharmaceutical tablet

17mm pharmaceutical tablet

High definition SWIFT™ image of entire 17mm pharmaceutical tablet, comprising over 2.6 million spectra. Zoom regions are taken from the same data, illustrating how a single high definition image can be used to survey on millimeter scales and investigate detail on the micrometer scale.



Single Bacteria

  • System: LabRAM HR
  • Time per point: 1 ms
  • Step size: 0.5 µm
  • Data points: 13,098

Isotope labelling of single bacteria allows the role of different species within the environment to be investigated.   This SWIFT™ ultra-fast Raman image was acquired by monitoring the resonance Raman  signal of the bacteria carotenoid chemicals, which show a significant shift caused by the isotope labels.

Data courtesy of Dr Wei Huang, Department of Civil and Structural Engineering, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom



Expanded beads

  • System: LabRAM HR
  • Time per point: 800 ms
  • Step size: 1 µm
  • Data points: 186,922

Expanded polymer beads in a polymer matrix, images in 3D using an oil immersion objective. The immersion oil layer on the top surface is visible. This experiment aimed to troubleshoot the expansion of the beads in the matrix, and clearly indicates the significant and unexpected voids within each expanded beads. Such an internal structure strongly affected the desired properties of this composite material.

Data courtesy of Dr Neil Everal, Intertek Wilton, UK.


Also Available


Do you need reliable chemical analysis of bulk and trace amounts of material in your Lab? The XploRA ONE Raman microscope from HORIBA Scientific rapidly identifies pharmaceutical API’s to Forensic trace evidence, Nanotubes to minerals with ONE-Click efficiency.



The XpIoRA INV is an inverted Raman microscope designed specifically for use with biological samples requiring analysis from the bottom and/or open access to the sample from the top.


  • cell research
  • disease detection
  • characterisation of drug-cell interactions
  • pharmaceutical verification of intercellular activities